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Welcome January '18

A new year means new beginnings and fresh starts. Let go of the past, free yourself of failures and disappointments, embrace a new perspective – have a fresh look at the future and all the wonderful possibilities it holds. With the new year comes 365 new and exciting days to mark your destiny. Now is the perfect time to pursue a new beginning! In this issue we focus on exciting local opportunities to entice you to start a new hobby, try different food, refurbish your home, pamper yourself with physical and mental activities or perhaps care for someone you love.

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How can the Bank of Mum and Dad help my son purchase his first property? My son is struggling to save for a deposit to purchase his first home. I’m eager to assist if I can. I’ve heard the phrase ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ a few times but don’t really understand it. Can you help? Mr Harris from Newbury The Bank of Mum and Dad (and now also Granny and Grandad) became the UK’s 9th biggest lender for first time buyers in 2017. This is due to a number of reasons: rising house prices, slower wage growth and the size of deposits needed as a down payment – it’s no surprise your son is finding it difficult to fly the nest. It’s great that you’d like to help boost his chances of getting onto the property ladder, and there are a number of ways you, as the Bank of Mum and Dad, can help: By gifting a deposit – You can gift a deposit sum which will go towards the property purchase. Without a deposit you are unable to buy a property with a mortgage; therefore you can help your son by providing a larger deposit. This could also potentially lower the cost of interest rate that will be payable on the mortgage. Additional borrowing on the family home – Providing you own your home, you can release equity from your property. You can take out a mortgage and gift the funds to your son – no matter your age. Joint mortgage - Sole ownership – Have you considered a joint mortgage? This could potentially increase his purchasing power and enable him to get onto the property ladder. But don’t worry. Being jointly named on a mortgage doesn’t mean you’re accountable for it; the ownership of the property would be in your son’s name and the monthly repayment responsibility stops with him.

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Your Local Buzz The West Berkshire Community Champions 2017 were awarded at a special presentation on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Thatcham Historical Society

Community Champion Awards 2017 Thatcham House Thatcham House is one of the hidden architectural and historical gems in Thatcham. Located in Turners Drive, in Station Road, it was built c. 1869 for Reverend Hezekiah Martin, who was vicar of Thatcham from 1866 to 1889. The Awards were launched in September 2014. In addition to the pre-existing Junior Citizen Award (now the Pat Eastop Junior Citizen Award), three new awards have been created; The Volunteer of the Year, the Community Group of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Councillor Quentin Webb, Chairman of West Berkshire Council said: “Community Champion is one of my favourite Chairman duties. This year we have had a superb response in each category, receiving double the number of nominations as last year. The standard of the nominations was truly impressive, and while this made the task of judging much harder, I am delighted that we are able to recognise so many worthy people. “I would like to thank our judging panel of independent representatives and all this year’s nominators. It is very encouraging to hear particularly of the contributions that volunteers make in our community and it is important that their contributions are acknowledged.” The Pat Eastop Junior Citizen Award The standard of nominations was so 6

high this year that the judges wished to award joint winners in this category to Riley Collier and Bradley Ruffey. Volunteer of the Year Award The winner for 2017 is Bob Lyon of Frilsham Village. Bob was nominated by Frilsham Parish Council with additional testimonials from Marcus Allum, Jules de Jongh, Sandra Wilkinson and Allison Gillespie. Community Group of the Year The Highly Commended Award goes to the Carnarvon Place Gardening Group, nominated by Sandra Atkinson from Sovereign Housing. The Lifetime Achievement Award Once again, the judging panel was so impressed by the nominations and decided to award Joint Winners in this category too. The first Joint Winner is Lady Eliza Mays-Smith, nominated by Richard Griffiths-Jones, with a further testimonial from The Reverend Mary Harwood. The second Joint Winner is Paul Cooke of Thames Valley Amateur Boxing Club who was nominated by Chloe Cooke. Paul was nominated for Volunteer of the Year but moved to Lifetime Achievement by the judges.

The one feature that stands out is the imposing tower, the true use of it is unknown. Interestingly, it is said to be the same height, or close to, as the tower of St Mary’s. Reverend Hezekiah and his wife moved into the house, then a 30-roomed property, shortly after construction was finished in 1871. There would have been a long driveway from Station Road along with gardens and an Orchard. Later, in 1902, Thatcham House was owned by the Turner family, two of whom were awarded the Victoria Cross: Alexander Buller Turner (1893–1915) received his posthumously for service in the First World War; his brother Victor (1900–72) was awarded his for gallantry in the Second World War. The property still stands today as offices. To find out more contact us via email enquiries@ thatchamhistoricalsociety.org. uk or visit our website www. thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk. local buzz


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Make Some New Years’ Resolutions with Crime Prevention in Mind! Many people like to make resolutions for the upcoming year. Why not make some resolutions for 2018 from a Crime Prevention perspective? Here are some ideas: l

Get to know your neighbours. Make time to speak with your neighbours or hold a

neighbourhood get together, a great way to develop a stronger community. Safer homes and neighbourhoods happen when people in communities are connected! l Learn

more about your local Crime Prevention Schemes. Become familiar with the different programs and services that operate in your area.

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Chinese New Year, also known as the ‘Spring Festival’ is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 Jan and 20 Feb.

Happy Lanterns Historians believe that the Chinese first began making the now traditional lanterns during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220). The original use of lanterns was primarily as a light source. They were used both indoors and out to provide a shaded light for reading and working. The protection from wind provided by the decorative silk or paper shade kept the lanterns from going out with the breeze.

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he New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia and the Philippines. It is traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

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A reunion dinner, named as "Nian Ye Fan", is held on New Year's Eve during which family members gather for celebration. The venue will usually be in or near the home of the most senior member of the family.

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The New Year's Eve dinner is very large and sumptuous and traditionally includes dishes of meat (namely, pork and chicken) and fish. Most reunion dinners also feature a communal hot pot as it is believed to signify the coming together of the family members for the meal. Most reunion dinners (particularly in the Southern regions) also prominently feature specialty meats and seafood that are usually reserved for this and other special occasions during the remainder of the year. Like many other New Year dishes, certain ingredients also take special precedence over others as these ingredients also has similar-sounding names with prosperity, good luck, or even counting money.


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ese New Year The Year of the dog Chop Sticks It is believed that these unique eating tools were developed about 3000 to 5000 years ago in China.

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Janus has appeared in mythology since the start of Roman civilization. When Romulus, the founder of Rome, kidnapped the Sabine women, Janus caused a volcanic hot spring to erupt. This resulted in the forces of Tatius, a Sabine King of Cures, being buried alive in the deathly hot water and ash mixture. Janus was well-respected Later on however, the Sabines and highly and Romans agreed to create a regarded as a civilization together. In honor of god by the this, the doors of a roofless structure Romans called 'The Janus' were kept open during war after a symbolic contingent of soldiers had marched through it. The doors were closed in ceremony when peace was concluded.

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Janus was well-respected and highly regarded as a god by the Romans and so his dual-faced image could be found on many things ranging from city gates and Roman coins. As the Guardian of Gates, the God of Beginnings and having the first month of the year in his honor, it is apparent that Janus played a significant role in Roman myth and religion.

The ancient Roman calendar, or “pre-Julian” is believed to have been a lunar calendar.

The Roman Calendar The ancient Roman calendar, or “pre-Julian” calendar, is believed to have been a lunar calendar. The calendar originally consisted of hollow months that were 29 days long or full months that had 30 days. The original Roman calendar was said to be invented by Romulus, the first king of Rome, around 753 BC. The calendar started the year in March (Martius) and consisted of 10 months, with 6 months of 30 days and 4 months of 31 days. The winter season was not assigned to any month, so the calendar year only lasted 304 days with 61 days unaccounted for in the winter.

The 304 day Roman calendar didn’t work for long because it didn’t align with the seasons. King Numa Pompilius reformed the calendar around 700 BC by shortening the 30 day months to 29 days. Adding 29 days of January and 28 days of February to the original 10 months. This increased the year's length to 354 or 355 days. The addition of January and February meant that some of the months' names no longer agreed with their position in the calendar (September - December). The month Quintilis was renamed July in honor of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and Sextilis was renamed August in honor of Augustus in 8 BC. Above - Roman 'January' Mosaic

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Roman God of choices, doorways, beginnings and endings

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The two most popular New Year's Resolutions are to exercise more and lose weight.

New Year’s Resolutions Today, resolving to change and improve yourself and your life is an almost unavoidable part of the transition to a New Year. Though it’s a pretty well documented fact that most New Year’s resolutions fail, we keep making them and we’re not alone. The custom of making New Year’s resolutions is most common in the West, but it happens all over the world. First New Year's Resolutions The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year, though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions. If the Babylonians kept to their word, their (pagan) gods would bestow favour on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favour, a place no one wanted to be. Ancient Rome

The month January is named after Janus - the god of beginnings. January acts as a door to the New Year.

A similar practice occurred in ancient Rome, after the reform-minded emperor Julius Caesar tinkered with the calendar and established January 1 as the beginning of the new year circa 46 B.C. Named for Janus, the two-faced god whose spirit inhabited doorways and arches, January had special significance for the Romans. Believing that Janus symbolically looked backwards into the previous year and ahead into the future, the Romans offered sacrifices to the deity and made promises of good conduct for the coming year. Despite the tradition’s religious roots, New Year’s resolutions today are a mostly secular practice. Instead of making promises to the gods, most people make resolutions to themselves.

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Emotional Freedom Technique (or EFT) is a simple, non-intrusive and effective method of dealing with stress and diffusing emotional issues. How does EFT work? By tapping on energy points on your body the energy balance is restored so you can let go of negative emotions. When this is combined with positive affirmations while tuning into your problem, you can reframe it into something constructive. It’s like an emotional form of acupuncture without the needles.

you the confidence to deal with situations you thought you couldn’t handle. It works quickly, the effects are permanent, and once you’ve learnt this technique you can do it anytime, anywhere – a very empowering therapy.

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When your mindfulnes your concentration Kinesiology

Ayurveda Ayurveda is a combination of two Sanskrit words. (Ayur and Veda) Ayur means Life and Veda-means-Science of Wisdom or knowledge. It is considered the oldest treatment system of the world, originated from ancient India about 3000 to 5000 years ago. This system of treatment is adapted according to nature’s law to maintain health and prevent illness and keeping the body, mind and soul in a perfect equilibrium. How Ayurveda works Ayurveda believes that each individual is unique. The make-up of each person’s constitution is derived from three basic energies, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These energies govern the body’s physiology as well as mental and emotional states. Disease occurs when these energies become imbalanced.

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In the cold season we are getting coughs and cold, which are increasing our mucus (Kapha), according to the science of Ayurveda cold can be reduced by heating, for this purpose heat can be created in our body by using of hot nature herbs like black pepper, long pepper and ginger. Thus it can reduce excess kapha and make a balance. The goal of an ayurvedic treatment is to identify the cause of the imbalance and then restore the balance using a variety of techniques based upon your constitution.

A cold can be reduced by heating, for this purpose heat can be created in our body by using of hot nature herbs like ginger.

Kinesiology is a deep but gentle holistic therapy, combining western techniques with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Its distinguishing tool is muscle testing; a method of tapping into the body’s knowledge to identify the underlying causes of health problems and to guide the therapeutic process. How does Kinesiology work? By applying pressure to an arm or leg, the practitioner can get feedback from the client’s body about the energetic state of it. Various “corrections” can then be used to rebalance this. Any energetic blockages can cause stress, pain and disease. By removing these blockages and rebalancing the energy, clients find many symptoms disappear or reduce and they have an improved sense of wellbeing.


AiM and Neurokinetic Therapy NKT is a forward thinking approach designed to seek out pain and movement based dysfunction via the use of manual muscle testing. This method has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, neck, knee and shoulder injuries as well as chronic back pain.

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. . .if you can gain optimal function through the nervous system the possibilities are truly limitless.

ss becomes powerful, becomes powerful Paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.

NLP4Kids Does your child suffer with anxiety and self-confidence issues? How Does NLP4Kids Help Children and Young People? NLP4Kids offers a combination of safe and effective therapies with children and teenagers that help them learn how to control their thoughts, emotions and behaviour. NLP4Kids practitioners are specialists in working with children using a form of therapy called NLP. This stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. “Neuro” relates to the brain and “linguistic” refers to language and how it is used inside the mind and out of the mouth! “Programming” describes the patterns and habits created, learnt and followed. Using NLP techniques and strategies, (which we have adapted to be fun, safe and easy for children and teenagers to use) young people are given the skills to think in new ways so that they feel in control and learn to understand the world from the perspective of others as well as their own.

AiM (Anatomy in Motion) is a treatment modality which assesses how we move with extreme detail. Based on the outstanding work of Gary Ward and the proven theory that improved gait (foot mechanics) can unlock the key to a strong centre of gravity, postural realignment and eradication of pain. How do these approaches combine for an effective treatment? The brain controls all movement in the body; if you can gain optimal function through the nervous system the possibilities are truly limitless. Subconscious reactions are the key to long term improvements in chronic, painful conditions. AiM and NKT are both designed to open your nervous system to effective and efficient use of your body as a whole subconsciously, not to just manage your pain but to eliminate it. Neurokinetic Therapy The brain only learns through failure so very specific manual muscle testing helps the motor control centre of the brain identify faulty patterns and reengage underactive muscles through the use of active release techniques and strengthening exercises. Anatomy in Motion The foot can manipulate pain all up the kinetic chain, through advanced gait analysis and manipulation of the foot, joints can be placed back into postural realignment permanently with long standing results.

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Have you forgotten what feeling great feels like?

Are you stuck at feeling normal? OK, so it may be because its just been Christmas and the diet and the gym has gone to pot, but maybe you have noticed that everyday tasks, are getting harder because you can't bend and stretch like you used to! So why not make the month of new beginnings, about improving your structure. As Osteopaths, one of our founding principles is that your bodies structure, governs its function. So if you have joint restrictions and tight muscles that is going to affect how you function. Makes sense right? For example, can you no longer touch your toes without feeling

a muscle pull? Or can you no longer easily look over your shoulder when driving? These are signs that your structure is imperfect and so you aren't functioning like you used to. Although these movements may not be painful and warrant your attention, they are already signs that your body isn't functioning to its maximum ability and may actually someday lead to injury.

I try to teach my clients that these are warning signs and that is the time to seek help, not to wait until the pain comes! So as its a new year and a new beginning - why not just change one thing - your structure! Osteopathy can help you there! Please don't hesitate to contact me!

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Kinesiology Perrin is offering a package of Kinesiology where you receive 4 treatments and a full food intolerance testing for ÂŁ175. It takes up to 4 treatments for real long lasting results to start happening. Even after the first treatments you feel the benefits, but it also helps to unblock self-sabotage as well as relieving Start your symptoms such as IBS, Arthritis and New Year extreme stress and anxiety.

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Tanning Whilst the concept of tanning still raises concerns for some, the research into the natural process has developed and the results might be surprising. We have been tanning since the beginning of time where SPF did not exist and we all walked around naked.


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It’s not just about losing a roof from over your head. It’s about losing self-esteem, confidence, structure and purpose.

Homelessness is complicated There are many faces of homelessness, from rough sleepers to families in temporary poor quality B&Bs or individuals relying on a friend’s sofa. They are all without a home of their own. Behind every individual there’s a hidden story. At Launchpad we provide three key services, which help to prevent homelessness and support people. Everyone has their own challenges and we do what is best for them and their situation.

advice or help with drug or alcohol misuse. Come in and we can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

1. Housing with support Our own clean, safe housing combined with individual, targeted support is the most effective way to get people back on track and making a positive contribution to the community. Support is usually for up to two years and we can house over 140 people at any one time.

homes by helping with landlord issues. We also help find appropriate housing for people stuck in unsuitable accommodation, such as families in B&Bs. We reach over 200 people with the Launchpad Floating Support service and support is for three to six months.

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Available to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessnessrelated advice. You could be sleeping on a friend’s sofa, not sure how to find accommodation, worried about rent, have landlord problems, need benefit

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Cashew Cheese Fortunately, non-dairy cheeses have come a long way in terms of taste, texture, and ability to be melted. Typically made from cashews, these are delicious and adaptable in many recipes.

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Tempeh is often prepared by cutting it into pieces, soaking in brine or salty sauce, and then frying. Cooked tempeh can be eaten alone, or used in chili, stir fries, soups, salads, sandwiches, and stews. Tempeh's complex flavour has been described as nutty, meaty, and mushroom-like.

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In celebration of our office Secret Santa, we are delighted to share a recipe from our gift. . . enjoy!

Lemony vegetable Linguine Serves 2 - Total time 15 mins

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Ingredients 150g dried linguine 2 x courgettes 1 x carrot bunch fresh mint 30g Parmesan Cheese 1 lemon

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